5 Times TV Tried (And Sometimes Failed) To Tackle Patents

By Nicole Narea (June 29, 2017, 12:02 PM EDT) -- Pop culture tends to split patents into two camps: the silly and the sinister. On the one hand, there exists a patent for a thong diaper, once ridiculed by Saturday Night Live in a comedy sketch, and, on the other, there are drug patents held by pharmaceutical conglomerates that may price patients out of their life-saving medication.

In truth, neither depiction is quite right and both are potentially harmful to innovation, intellectual property attorneys say.

HBO's geek-culture sitcom "Silicon Valley" recently offered America a new kind of villain that intellectual property attorneys already know well: nonpracticing entities, or what some call...

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